Hi everyone! Are you ready for another soda bottle up-cycling project? I’ve gone a little crazy with this whole Craft Challenge, but I’ve been having fun. Today I’m going to show you how I used a 2-liter Coke bottle to make a terrarium. Soda bottle terrariums aren’t a new idea, but usually the whole bottle is used. I cut mine down, and I think it’s a little cuter than the ordinary.
Materials: small pebbles, charcoal, potting soil, and a few plants. That’s all you need to make this terrarium in a jiffy.
Start with an empty coke bottle, because it has just the right shape.
Cut out the middle part so that the bottom measures 4″ and the top measures 5″.
Fill the bottom portion of the bottle with small pebbles or fish tank rocks (for drainage), followed by a layer of charcoal (for freshness), and lastly, a layer of potting soil.
I found it difficult to locate terrarium plants in the Northeast during the dead of winter, so I kind of had to scrounge around. The two in the back are tropical plants I purchased at Aldi’s for $2.00 each–an Umbrella plant (L) and a Janet Craig (R). The one in front is a mini plant from Trader Joe’s. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m don’t think it’s tropical, so it may not fair well in my terrarium. But it’ll sure look purty for a while.
Here’s what I got.
I did the same with the tiny pink plant–broke away a piece. Then I made little impressions in the dirt and set the plants into the potting soil layer, tamping them down to secure them. The Janet Craig ended up being too big for this container, so I set it aside for another project.
everything’s better handmade